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Minnesota on track for Real ID compliance

Minnesota became the last state to comply with the federal Real ID law following significant work by the Minnesota Chamber to support a plan adopted by the 2017 Legislature. The licenses, which require extra security and identity checks, will be necessary to board airplanes and enter federal facilities, effective January 2018.

Minnesota officials are working with a vendor to develop a new card and working on the state’s computer system to make the new card a reality. However, the cards are not slated to be ready until October 2018.

Check out your options for health insurance relief

Minnesota employers with 50 or fewer employees have some new options to consider for health coverage in 2018, thanks to 2017 legislation spearheaded by the Minnesota Chamber. New laws allow small employers to consider “defined contribution” arrangements to support their employees in purchasing their own individual health insurance and make it easier for these small employers to consider self-funding.

Building and Maintaining Workplace Culture

Workplace culture can be quite a daunting task. While some companies can support a position dedicated to culture, many don’t have the size or resources to do so. That doesn’t mean that fostering a healthy culture isn’t possible, we spoke with Brianna Oliverius, Culture Coordinator at Sunrise Banks, to get some tips about company culture.
What does a typical day look like for you? Is there such thing as a “typical day” for you? 

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By September 18, 2017, employers must use only the new version.
Compliance Dates for New Form I-9 
The new Form I-9 features a revision date of July 17, 2017. While employers may continue using a Form I-9 with a revision date of November 14, 2016 through September 17, 2017, as of September 18, 2017, employers must use only the new version.

Summit showcases Minnesota manufacturing

Join us as we celebrate the successes and explore the challenges facing Minnesota manufacturers. Our annual Manufacturers’ Summit will be October 6 as Manufacturing Day is celebrated across the country.
Jim Snee, president and CEO of Hormel, will deliver the keynote address. Gain insight into the company’s track record of success and hear his outlook for continued growth.

Olson left his mark on state

David Olson’s passion for and contributions to developing and growing Minnesota’s economy are continuing via an endowed scholarship created at the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato with guidance and fundraising support from the Minnesota Chamber and the David C. Olson family.

Minnesota Chamber, Minnesota State worked hand in hand

Steven Rosenstone retired in July as chancellor of the Minnesota State system. His tenure will be marked by a strong relationship with the statewide business community in making the state’s postsecondary institutions more responsive to meeting employer needs. The collaboration was enhanced when David Olson, the late president of the Minnesota Chamber, served six years on the system’s Board of Trustees including two years as chair.